“I said, hey man, my bad, I thought this place was open. My hands was up. I said I’m leaving man. I didn’t know anybody lived here. He shot me, boom, right in the heart. I said you shot me. He shot me again in the heart. I said, man, please don’t shoot me no more. I was begging. And, he shot me in the leg, then I could tell he wasn’t going to stop, so I turned to run and he shot me in the back. I still have that bullet in me, hit my lung and my liver. That one dropped me. He walked up to me and put that barrel to my face and shot me in the head.”Watts portrays himself as a good guy fallen on hard times. He says he was married 28 years, raised five kids, and then suffered a series of losses which caused him to start looking for alternative streams of income. He says he thought Sweeney’s house was abandoned and wouldn’t have gone inside if he thought there was someone living there. He also thinks Sweeney should have warned the recently deceased burglar before shooting him. When the interviewer says, “You know, some people are going to say, don’t matter, ain’t your home, don’t go there,” Watts says, “I know I was wrong. I wasn’t invited into that house.” Watts offers some advice for anyone considering a life of crime: “If you see an empty house and think about going in there, you might want to think again.”
There are 18 guns per capita in the state of Oklahoma, which means there are eighteen times as many guns registered to residents as there are residents. Betting that you won’t have one used against you when you unlawfully enter a house is a bad bet, no matter how you look at it.